I’ve spent the better part of the past 10 days responding to a hard drive failure on my main laptop. At first I wasn’t sure if it was actually a physical disk issue, or if my OS had become corrupted somehow. In the end, it turned out that my hard drive actually completed died — went full “paperweight mode”. A have a techy friend of mine to thank for a replacement drive, and some additional hardware to test out my old, faulty drive in case I’d still be able to read it somewhat.
I also want to say how happy I am that I had been running Carbonite as my file backup system! Except for about 3 days worth of e-mails that I lost (there were a brief few hours in the middle of those 10 days where my old hard drive started acting normal again, and I turned on Outlook and it downloaded 3 days worth of e-mails, but Carbonite wasn’t able to archive the updated Outlook DB file before the hard drive crashed for good), everything else was restored onto my laptop within a day of having the new drive up and running.
Now that I’m back to having a working machine, there are a number of things I need to catch up on: someone won copies of a couple of my games (thanks to Father Geek), there was another positive review of Dicey Curves, I donated a copy each of Jump Gate and Dicey Curves in an auction, I received my copies of Space Mission (Schmidt Spiele’s take on Jump Gate), and I played the game with my son — and I loved it!
Oh, and I should be bringing out another new game via TheGameCrafter.com … something called Subtilla … a return to the head-to-head 2-player format. Not an abstract game this time, though. 😉
So, watch for posts from me the next few days. Also, if you’re not already following me on Twitter, please do so … and send me a tweet if you have any questions or comments about my games (or life in general). 🙂